Meet our new Living Seas Wales team member
Beth initially became involved with the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) in April 2018 when she volunteered as a Living Seas volunteer at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) in New Quay whilst taking a year out after graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Oxford. What started out as a fantastic three-month internship with the Living Seas team, eventually led to her remaining in New Quay for seven-months, where she continued to volunteer and work as a Tour Guide.
During this time Beth made the decision to book a one-way flight to New Zealand, and spend a year travelling, working, and volunteering. This experience provided her with an incredible range of opportunities, including the chance to volunteer with the endangered yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho). As her travels continued, Beth was offered a Field Research Assistant Intern position with Flinders University, and as such relocated to Exmouth, Western Australia, in July 2019. Here she spent three months supporting PhD students in researching the bottlenose and Australian humpback dolphin populations found around the Ningaloo Reef.
Her experiences have allowed Beth to work in both science and general engagement roles (she once ran around the streets of Oxford in a cow mascot costume, in the middle of a heatwave, during a University Open Day!). Beth was very excited to have the opportunity to return to the CBMWC and join the WTSWW Living Seas team as Living Seas Engagement Officer working on the Living Seas Wales project in collaboration with North Wales Wildlife Trust’s marine team. Beth will be focusing her attention on the Documenting our Past aspect of the project and will be responsible for engagement activities in the south and west Wales area.